In 2008, I was approached by the Women for Health and Wellness, Incorporated here in southern Illinois to help get a Men's Health Conference off the ground. For years (decades actually) the group had done a Women's Health Conference with great success. At the time, I was not only anchoring the morning news at WSIL, but I was also the medical reporter. I jumped at this opportunity, mostly because there's nothing like this for men around here and I felt (still do) that it's a great service to those who attend. Men's Health Conferences are pretty rare around the country too.
We held that first conference about nine months after the initial meetings. We are now gearing up for the sixth annual MHC, and I wanted to share with you the importance of annual event. The cost is $45 and includes blood screenings (be sure to fast 10 to 12 hours prior) for total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL & LDL, blood sugar, and coronary heart disease risk assessment. Other screenings available at the conference (March 22, 2014) include vision, blood pressure, heart rate, dental, hearing, skin cancer, and foot problems. Breakfast and lunch are a part of the deal as are a dozen different break out sessions. Men chose their three favorite and get to attend the 50 minute sessions. Topics this year include prostate health, heart disease, colon cancer, 401K planning, fishing, and the million dollar knee. You can see the complete list and descriptions (as well as register) by clicking this link.
Core training vs. Strength training
It's my hope that men who attend the conference will not only walk away bettering themselves, but helping others in their lives. Whether it's a father taking the information and improving the lives of his children or a middle aged man sharing the details of a session with his poker buddies, or a retired man explaining the importance of diet, exercise, and quality of sleep to his grandkids, I do believe this conference can change lives.
Our keynote speaker this year is a personal friend of mine, and I'm honored that he will be a part of this year's conference. Jeff Rose is a veteran, blogger, author, and Certified Financial Planner. Fun fact: Jeff is the guy who encouraged me to start writing this blog in the first place. Anyway, back to the subject, Jeff's keynote over lunch will include more about his successes. He's accomplished many things through the years, balancing work, family, blogging, and his time in the Army National Guard. I don't think anyone will be disappointed in hearing Jeff's story and chances are he'll inspire you to do something you may have never considered before. If you're in the region, come out and take some time to focus on yourself. There are plenty of awesome prizes this year too, including four box seats to a St. Louis Cardinals game (donated by Dr. William Hays) a complete set of DDP Yoga (donated by DDP Yoga), and two passes to Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours (donated by Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tours in Makanda). There are plenty of other great prizes too. I hope to see you at John A. Logan College on Saturday, March 22 from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Call 985-9210 for more details.
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